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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Re: "neo air and quilt?"
I don't think using a quilt with a short NeoAir would present any problems beyond the normal ones you encounter with a short NeoAir. The NeoAir is a lot thicker than most lightweight pads peopl...

In GEAR » neo air and quilt?
August 19, 10:27pm

I'd like to pick up some boxer briefs that dry a lot faster than the generic cotton ones I'm using now. I was hiking 2 days ago and arrived at camp with a sweat soaked back (where my pack r...

In GEAR » Skivvies
August 19, 10:12pm

Great Work
Great stuff! Loads of very useful info here. One thing that seems weird is the observed boil time for the Pocket Rocket. You guys observed 10 minutes while MSR claims 3.5 minutes. Obviously the...

In Editor's Roundtable » Heat Exchanger Stove Shootout: Part 2
Upright and Remote Canister Stoves

August 19, 12:30am

Re: Ultra 20 + NeoAir temp range, width
Like Raymond, I use a NeoAir with an Ultra 20 quilt. I use a double wall tent (MSR Carbon Reflex 2). This setup works good....I sleep on my side, back and stomach and usually switch positions ev...

In GEAR » neo air and quilt?
August 19, 12:05am

Hmm.....the both look to be the 2008 models without the hipbelt pockets. The TravelCountry page says they have hipbelt pockets, but the picture shows the older Jam2 and the description also says th...

In Gear Deals » $99 Golite Jam
August 16, 8:00pm

If you're asking me, I had the Lite-Speed first because I wanted to buy something lighter than my 7lbs North Face Catalyst 75 pack for a trip last summer. Time was tight, so I had to buy it loc...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 vs. GoLite LiteSpeed w/o Frame
August 16, 11:06am

side pockets
Sorta, they do fit but a bit of effort is required when the pack is full because the elastic at the top isn't very stretchy. It's a bit of a pain to do with one hand while hiking. Howeve...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 vs. GoLite LiteSpeed w/o Frame
August 16, 1:09am

Re: Help buying a new pack.
Rich: "I know the Jam 2 can hold said bottles, but I don't like the fact that some reviews mentioned the outside pocket almost becomes useless if the pack is stuffed." With the upd...

In GEAR » Help buying a new pack.
August 16, 1:05am

Re: Alpinlite Super
Dewey: "I joined MEC not long after it was founded and I have used a fair bit of their "house brand" gear, quite a lot of which was mediocre in design-quality compared with WM, ID an...

In GEAR » 20 degree bag vs. 30 degree bag for 3 season use
August 14, 8:20pm

Tim, If you are going to spend some money, the MEC Merlin -3 C bag is a great way to go. You can replace that 3lbs bag with one that weighs just 1.5lbs (690g, 24oz) and compresses way smaller. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
August 13, 11:54pm

All Reader Reviews by Dan Durston

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Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben DuoMid
The DuoMid is the best shelter for solo hikers. Don't be misled by the "Duo" in its name - you could cram two hikers in here but it's poorly suited for that (ie. no vestibule space, ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 22, 1:56pm

Evernew 300ml Dbl Wall Mug (ECA354)
I like the idea of a robust, double wall titanium mug that may be a bit heavier...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 22, 11:01am

Montane Minimus DT Pant
These pants are a very niche product. They're light (4.25oz Med) but the Pertex Shield+ m...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 22, 10:31am

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
I have this kit and the FireLite Mini kit. This sparker is a bit lighter than the FireLite Mini but I don't trust this sparker 100% like I do the FireLite. This sparker doesn't work well wh...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:21pm

BPL FireLite Firestarter
I love this FireLite Mini. It's the only thing that I 100% trust to start a fire. With a mini Bic you can run out of gas, be at too high of an altitude, get it wet or get it oily. Matches can ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:19pm

Hyperlight Mtn Gear Echo I
I wasn't sure where to put this review as the Echo I can be used as either a tarp or a double wall tent. OVERVIEW I've given the Echo I five stars because it's quality construct...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
October 16, 4:15pm

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've got the original Reed pants (4oz in a size medium) and they are prefect rain pants for UL hiking. They've been adequately durable, totally waterproof and light. I don't want ankle zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:27pm

Marmot Essence
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. Marmot has made a number of changes to this jacket over the years so criticisms of the earlier models are no longer relevant. My Essence is t...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:22pm

Baladeo 22 Grams Knife
This knife is a brilliant design. Every part of it is functional and the result is a lot of knife for just 22g (or 24.3g as mine as actually weighs). When I opened the (very nice) box and first played...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 6:10pm

Nite ize S-Biner
After using another small biner that failed due to a poor design, I switched the Nite Ize Size 1 biner for bear bagging this summer. I use one of these to clip to my 1.4mm spectra cord to my food sack...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 5:56pm